It’s play(s) time!

Sakal Times
Monday, 8 January 2018

This weekend and the week after, watch some of the best plays at the third edition of Pune Natyasattak.

In its third edition now, Pune Natyasattak is back with a bunch of 29 plays, by 27 theatre groups. Coinciding with the Republic Day (hence the ‘Prajasattak’ pun in Marathi), there will also be an overnight festival, Natyasattak Rajani, which will begin on January 25 evening and conclude on the morning of January 26.

Organised by Wide Wings Media, the main festival will take place in two weekend slots from January 12-14 and 19-21 at five venues in the city — Sudarshan Rangmanch, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Bharat Natya Mandir, Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha and Balgandharva Rangmandir.

Moving on to the productions, Kajvyacha Gaon, a two-act play by senior theatre personality Pradeep Vaiddya will be the curtain raiser of Natyasattak 2018. The festival will conclude with Niranjan Pedanekar’s Bengal Tiger at Baghdad Zoo. Another highlight of the festival is Aasakta’s Gajab Kahani. 

Besides these three, many award-winning and title holder plays like Vinodottam Karandak winning plays — Chi Shri va Sau Sakhare and Sealed, War & Peace by MIT College and So What! by Theatron Entertainment, the winners of Maunantar Karandak, have made it to the festival.

Sorry Paranjape, a play by Pune’s BMCC which has won multiple awards like Purushottam Karandak, Rotary Karandak, will also be staged. Another Purushottam finalist and multiple award winning play, After the Diary, will also be showcased.

There is also a segment for children with productions like Shyamchi Aai, Rangeet Goshta and Adimbachya Betawar.
Two groups from Hindi theatre — Swatantra and Natyajunction — will also feature their plays namely, Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya, Woh Jamya Hi Nahi and Nawab Ki Akal Gadhon ki Shakal.

Bhumika by Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Ata Kay Karaycha Rao by Blinking Spot Productions and Phera by Taandav will also be performed. 

The Gift and Kulkarni Ani Company, which bagged honours at Rajya Natya Spardha can also be watched at the festival. The musical play Phantom, by Kollage creations, is an award-winning play from Vodafone Rangsangeet competition. It will be performed on the last day of the festival.

Natyawada, a theatre group from Aurangabad, which has won Dajikaka Gadgil Karandak for two consecutive years, has been invited to perform their decorated one-act plays — Matric and Pazar.

There will also be two dance performances — Venunaad, a solo by Ashwini Giri and Tuka Mhane, by Arundhati Patwardhan. 

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The tickets and the season passes of the festival are available at the venues — Sudarshan Rangmanch, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Bharat Natya Mandir, Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha and Balgandharva Rangmandir. Also, you can book your ticket at www.ticketees.com

The Schedule
January 12: Kajvyacha Gaon, 9.30 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir 
January 13: War & Peace, 6 pm, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha 
January 13: Aata Kay Karaycha Rao, 7pm, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha  
January 13: Jis Lahore Dekha Nahi Woh Jamya Nahi, 9.30pm, Bharat Natya Mandir  
January 14: Tuka Mhane, 10 am, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha 
January 14: Venunaad, Noon, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha 
January 14:  Nawab Ki Akal Gadhon ki Shakal, 5 pm, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha 
January 14:  Gajab Kahani, 9.30 pm, Yashwantra Chavan Natyarguha
January 19: The Gift, 6pm, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha 
January 19: Kulkarni Ani Company, 9.30 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 20: Fera, 9.30 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 20: Sorry Paranjpe, 10.30pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 20: Sealed, 11.30 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 20: Bhumika, 6pm, Sudarshan Rangmanch
January 21: Shyamchi Aai, 9am, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Rangeet Gosht, 10 am, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Adimbachya Betawar, 11 am, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Pazar, 1 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Chi Shri va Sau Sakhare, 2 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: After the Diary, 3pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Phantom, 5pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Matric, 6pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: So What?, 7 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir
January 21: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, 9.30 pm, Bharat Natya Mandir

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